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Not recommended under 10; parental guidance recommended 10-13 (violence and disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 10
|Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes
|Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes
|Children aged 13 and over
|OK for this age group
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:
|Dr Who - Deep Breath
|Consumer advice lines:
|Mild science fiction themes and violence
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The movie version of the first episode in the new Dr Who series opens with a Tyrannosaurus Rex appearing out of nowhere and rampaging through Victorian London. The Doctor’s companions from past sessions, Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey), arrive on the scene to investigate. Suddenly the dinosaur coughs up a blue police box, out of which clambers a newly-regenerated and extremely disorientated Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his current companion “The Impossible Girl” Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman). Also observing the dinosaur is a mysterious alien android (Peter Ferdinado). The android has half his face missing and a multitude of visible cogs whirring around inside his head, and we learn that he is on the prowl for human body parts to replace his own failing internal organs.
As the plot develops and the Doctor becomes more orientated with his new self, the rampaging dinosaur self-combusts, exploding in green flames. The Doctor discovers that it’s not just the dinosaur that has spontaneously burst into flames, but that a large number of Londoners have also been reported to have self-combusted. This leaves the Doctor with a puzzle to solve and brings him into battle with the androids.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Time travel; aliens; androids; the stealing of human organs
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
The film contains quite a lot of violence, including death. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children in this age group are also likely to be scared by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Younger children in this age group may also be scared by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this movie
None of concern
There are some sexual innuendo and references in this movie, including:
There is some partial nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
Some mild language and name calling. Examples include:
Dr Who - Deep Breath is a science fiction drama targeted at adolescents and adult fans of the Dr Who series. As the first in the new series, the main aim of the film appears to be the introduction of Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor. He proves to be a very funny character with a strong Scottish accent, who delivers some very clever and funny lines. The film seems darker than previous Dr Who episodes and is too scary for children under ten and some older children, so parental is recommended for under 12s.
The main message from this movie is that it’s not outward appearance that makes people what they are, but what’s inside.
Parents may also wish to discuss the portrayal of same-sex relationships in the Victorian period and how things are the same or different today.
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